2018 FAMILY GATHERING WORKShOPS

MONDAY, JULY 30


Session 1
8:30 - 9:30 AM 

Creative Outreach Strategies for the 21st Century 
Let's unpack a tool chest of ideas for reaching people.
Presenter:  
Dan Wooldridge, Pastor, Crestview Baptist Church

Disaster Spiritual Care
What is our motivation for providing disaster spiritual care and how to develop a crisis resiliency team.
Presenter:  
Dan Franklin, Associate Endorser - Pastoral Care and Support, Texas Baptists Chaplaincy Relations

The Pornography Crisis
Overview of the persuasive nature of pornography in our society, our culture and our churches.
Presenter:  
Jenna Mountain, Counseling Director, FBC Richardson Counseling Center

Expanding our Generational Palette
Help churches see the value in breaking down generational silos in our churches, and discover ways to reap the rewards of developing cross-generational relationships.
Presenter: 
Keith Lowry, Adult Discipleship Specialist, Texas Baptists

Leadership 101 for Pastors and Ministers
Be introduced to basic leadership principles and resources to discover your God-given potential. 
Presenter:  
Tim Watson, Director, Area Representatives, Texas Baptists

How Church and Family Together Can Facilitate Lifelong Faith in Teenagers
Discover ways for churches and families to plant grace-based faith rooted in intergenerational relationships and family-led discipleship in the lives of teenagers.
Presenter: 
Jane Wilson, Youth Discipleship Specialist, Texas Baptists

Being a Small but Strong Congregation
Let's identify eight things small strong congregations focus on to be effective.
Presenter: 
Ira Antoine, Director, Bivocational Ministry, Texas Baptists

Session 2
1:30 - 2:30 PM

Protecting Your Place of Worship: Church Security Basics
Discover ways to keep your congregation safe in an age of violence.
Presenter: 
Donald Simmons, Managing Director, Acacia Security Management Services

Learning to Tell the Story
Learn effective use of illustrations in sermon preparation and presentation. 
Presenter: 
Delvin Atchison, Director, Great Commission Team, Texas Baptists

SALTY: The Art of Personal Evangelism
Discover new ways to initiate conversations that open the door to sharing the gospel.
Presenters: 
Gary Stidham, Director, BSM, University of Texas at Arlington
Putti Sok, Associate Director, BSM, University of Texas at Arlington

What Is Your Cultural IQ?
What is cultural intelligence and how it impacts us to reach culturally diverse settings.
Presenter: 
Becky Ellison, Christian Women's Job Corps Consultant, WMU of Texas

Serve the City: Developing Effective Community Ministries
To develop effective outreach ministries, we need to understand the congregation's call in the context of community needs and Biblical mandates to serve.
Presenter: 
Ali Corona, Hunger and Care Ministries Specialist, Christian Life Commission

Small Church Leadership & Resource Management
Learn how to develop your leadership skills to optimize church life, church ministries, resources and church facilities.
Presenters: 
Ira Antoine, Ira Antoine, Director, Bivocational Ministry, Texas Baptists
Keith Crouch, Ira Antoine, Director, Church Architecture, Texas Baptists

Orphan Care Solutions of Texas
Orphan Care Solutions will facilitate partnership efforts between childcare agencies, governmental agencies, churches and individuals interested in foster and orphan care.
Presenter: 
Terri Jaggers, Founder & President, Orphan Care Solutions of Texas


TUESDAY, JULY 31


Session 3
8:30 - 9:30 AM 

Protecting Your Place of Worship: Church Security Basics
Discover ways to keep your congregation safe in an age of violence.
Presenter: 
Donald Simmons, Managing Director, Acacia Security Management Services

Learning to Tell the Story
Learn effective use of illustrations in sermon preparation and presentation. 
Presenter:
Delvin Atchison, Director, Great Commission Team, Texas Baptists

New Economic Models for Ministry
Sparking entrepreneurial imagination with working examples of sustaining ministry via new economic means.
Presenters: 
Elizabeth Biedrzycki, TXB Regional Coordinator, South Texas
B.J. Ramon, Houston Area Missionary, Texas Baptists
Robert Rueda, Director, BSM, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Fight the Fear: Learning to Love Our Muslim Neighbors
Discover how to overcome our natural, fearful responses and focus on the two "I's" - Intentional and Incarnational living as we minister to our Muslim neighbors. 
Presenter: 
Rani Espanioly, Cross Cultural Mobilizer, Texas Baptists

Political Disciple: Stewarding our Public Witness in the Age of Tribalism
How do we engage in politics and public policy from a biblical perspective and discover basic tools to engage in discussions that are consistent with the command to love your neighbor.
Presenter: 
Kathryn Freeman, Director of Public Policy, Christian Life Commission

Growing a Generous Congregation
Church leaders can develop effective strategies for creating a culture of generosity in their own congregation.
Presenters: 
Steve Massey, Vice President, Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, Texas Baptists
Jerry Carlisle, Vice President, Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, Texas Baptists

Session 4
1:30 - 2:30 PM

Preaching 101 for Pastors & Ministers
Preachers and communicators will be equipped with the basic skills to preach Bible-centered sermons.
Presenter: 
Tim Watson, Director, Area Representatives, Texas Baptists

5-Point Calvinism: Is there a better option?
Develop a better understanding of the issues concerning election and predestination. We will clarify the doctrines of salvation from a non-calvinistic, traditional Southern Baptist perspective.
Presenter:  Leighton Flowers, Evangelism Lead, Great Commission Team, Texas Baptists

Innovation Lab
Learn innovative approaches to the spread of the gospel and tools to succeed.
Presenters:
Elizabeth Biedrzycki, TXB Regional Coordinator, South Texas
B.J. Ramon, Houston Area Missionary, Texas Baptists

Justice and Mercy – Elements of Missional Ministry
Understand and apply the 5 R’s of Restorative Justice in community ministry.
Presenter: 
Jim Young,Restorative Justice Coordinator, Texas Baptists Men

Understanding Grief and Ministering to Those Who Walk Through It
Understanding a person who is experiencing grief and how we minister to those in the midst of grieving.
Presenter: 
Dowell Loftis, Director, Connections Team, Texas Baptists

Discipleship- Using small groups
Focusing on practical suggestions, learn how to use small groups to promote discipleship and stimulate growth in your church.
Presenter: 
Mario Alberto Gonzalez, Director of Multi-Housing/House Congregations, Texas Baptists